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LA Museum: Life Of 85-Million-Year-Old 'Sea Monster' Featured; 'The Finest Preserved Mosasaur In Existence'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 10, 2010 22:59 EST

One of the ocean's most formidable marine predators, the marine mosasaur Platecarpus, lived in the Cretaceous Period some 85 million years ago and was thought to have swum like an eel. That theory is debunked in a new paper published...
 
Discovery Channel's 23rd Annual 'Shark Week' Is Most-Watched Ever; Seen By 30.8 Million People
Silver Spring, Maryland - Aug 10, 2010 22:28 EST

Discovery Channel's 23rd annual SHARK WEEK – cable's longest-running programming event – was seen by 30.8 million people this year, making it the most-watched SHARK WEEK on record. The previous record holder was 2008 with 29.1 million viewers. [Source:...
 
Scientist: The Jellyfish-Like Salp Is Most Efficient Filter-Feeder In The Deep; 'Like Eating Everything From A Mouse To A Horse'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Aug 9, 2010 22:11 EST

What if trains, planes and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? What if their exhaust and by-products helped the environment? Such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature. The salp, a small, barrel-shaped organism that...
 
Massive New 'Pacific Oceanscape' Makes History; 'The Dawning Of A New Era For Marine Management'
Port Villa, Vanuatu - Aug 9, 2010 21:42 EST

An unprecedented agreement toward the cooperative stewardship of a vast swath of Pacific Ocean has been reached, and conservationists are heralding it as among the most ambitious, innovative, and collaborative marine initiatives on Earth. Meeting in Port Villa, Vanuatu at the...
 
Pennekamp: America's First Undersea Park To Celebrate 50th Birthday
Key Largo, Florida Keys - Aug 9, 2010 21:33 EST

Plans are underway for a milestone birthday celebration as John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America's first underwater preserve, turns 50 years old. The historic event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, offering an ideal...
 
U.S. Sportfishing Vessel Attacked Off Costa Rica By Venezuela's Socialist Fisheries; 'Its Crew Obnoxiously Celebrated Its Victory'
Garza, Costa Rica - Aug 8, 2010 16:07 EST

A U.S. based world fisheries conservation association is demanding disciplinary action after the attack by a commercial Venezuelan tuna purse seining vessel and helicopter on a sportfishing boat off the coast of Costa Rica. The incident has been reported and posted...
 
Odyssey's Legal Team Wins Case In Spanish Court Over Blockaded Ship; 'A Step In The Right Direction'
Tampa, Florida - Aug 8, 2010 15:41 EST

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck exploration, is pleased to report that Captain Sterling Vorus has been cleared of all charges by a court in Algeciras, Spain relating to the blockade and...
 
Unusual Orange Lobster 'Gumbo' Saved From The Pot; 'I've Never Seen Anything Like It In 25 Years'
London, U.K. - Aug 6, 2010 19:27 EST

What's unusual about this orange lobster? Its alive! Lobsters are usually a brownish-green color when living and turn orange when they have been cooked. But a rare live reddish-orange colored specimen has been spotted in the UK. The North American lobster,...
 
NOAA: More Fishing, Higher Consumption Might Help Reverse Lionfish Invasion; 'Delicious'
Washington, D.C. - Aug 6, 2010 18:17 EST

A new study looking at how to curb the rapid growth of lionfish, an invasive species not native to the Atlantic Ocean, suggests that approximately 27 percent of mature lionfish will have to be removed monthly for one year to...
 
First Divers Complete Florida Keys 'Wreck Trek' Challenge; 'Truly A Pinnacle Moment In A Long Diving Career'
Key West, Florida - Aug 5, 2010 15:55 EST

Eleven Florida divers recently became the first "Wreck Trekker" dive enthusiasts to complete nine wreck dives as part of the Florida Keys Wreck Trek Passport Program. The dive challenge, developed by tourism officials and area dive operators, showcases the world-class diving...
 
Scientists Observe 'Fastest' Evolution; Tiny Fish Evolved To Tolerate Colder Temperature In Three Years
Guelph, Ontario - Aug 4, 2010 22:12 EST

University of British Columbia researchers have observed one of the fastest evolutionary responses ever recorded in wild populations. In as little as three years, stickleback fish developed tolerance for water temperature 2.5 degrees Celsius lower than their ancestors. The study, published...
 
In The Mouth Of Jaws: California Kayaker Survives Attack On His Kayak; 'Screaming Like A Little Girl'
Los Angeles, California - Aug 4, 2010 15:14 EST

A kayaker is breathing a sigh of relief after a terrifying encounter with a great white shark off the Southern California coast. Duane Strosaker was five miles off the coast from Gaviota State Park, which is north of Los Angeles,...
 
Study: Blue Whales Align The Pitch Of Their Songs With Extreme Accuracy; 'Always Calling At The Exact Same Pitch'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:31 EST

Blue whales are able to synchronize the pitch of their calls with an extremely high level of accuracy, and a very slim margin of error from call to call, according to a new study of the blue whale population in...
 
Researchers Study Undersea Rivers With A Yellow Submarine; 'The Flow In These Channels Is Quite Different'
Leeds, U.K. - Aug 2, 2010 21:16 EST

A team of scientists led by the University of Leeds has used a robotic 'yellow submarine' to observe detailed flows within an 'undersea river' for the very first time. The researchers estimate that the river - known as a submarine channel...
 
Five Penguins Win U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection; 'A Renewed Chance At Survival'
San Francisco, California - Aug 2, 2010 21:05 EST

Five penguin species will get U.S. Endangered Species Act protections after a 2006 petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and two lawsuits filed jointly with Turtle Island Restoration Network. Today's Interior Department decision will list the Humboldt penguin of...
 
Gov't: South Florida And The Keys To Escape Remnants Of Gulf Oil Gusher; Chances 'Very, Very Low And Will Go To Zero'
Key West, Florida - Jul 31, 2010 17:26 EST

The head of the U.S. Government's response effort to mitigate the Transocean/BP oil spill said that with the oil leak capped there is now little chance of oil remnants reaching the Florida Keys and the South Florida mainland. And when the...
 
Study: Swimmers At Sub-Tropical Beaches Show Increased Risk Of Illness; 'We Recommend Taking Simple Precautions'
Miami, Florida - Jul 28, 2010 21:08 EST

A yearlong beach study led by a team of University of Miami researchers suggests that swimmers at sub-tropical beaches face an increased risk of illness. The multi-disciplinary team examined the risk of illness that beachgoers face when exposed to recreational...
 
WWF: Mekong Dams Threaten Rare Giant Catfish; 'The Clock Is Ticking'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 27, 2010 22:47 EST

Wild populations of the iconic Mekong giant catfish will be driven to extinction if hydropower dams planned for the Mekong River go ahead, says a new report by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The report, River of Giants: Giant Fish of the...
 
Oceana Announces Partnership With Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Urge Passage Of Shark Conservation Legislation
Washington, D.C. - Jul 26, 2010 21:25 EST

Oceana, the world's largest international conservation organization focused solely on protecting and restoring the world's oceans, announced today its partnership with Discovery Channel's Shark Week, which premieres Sunday, August 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. "Sharks deserve widespread attention not only because...
 
NOAA Reopens One-Third Of Closed Gulf Fishing Area; 'Good News For Gulf Fishermen And American Consumers'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 23, 2010 18:55 EST

NOAA has reopened 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing on Thursday at 6:00 pm EDT. The reopening of a third of the overall closed area was announced after consultation with FDA and under a re-opening...
 
Extreme Archaeology: Divers Plumb The Mysteries Of Sacred Maya Pools
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois - Jul 22, 2010 15:30 EST

Steering clear of crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team of divers began mapping some of the 25 freshwater pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to the ancient Maya. In three weeks this May, the divers...
 
Expedition To Mid-Cayman Rise Identifies Unusual Variety Of Deep Sea Vents; 'Extraordinarily Cool'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 20, 2010 22:23 EST

The first expedition to search for deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Cayman Rise has turned up three distinct types of hydrothermal venting, reports an interdisciplinary team led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in this week's Proceedings of the National...
 
Researchers: Mud-Eating Miracle Fish Holds Together Ecosystem In Southwest Africa
Bergen, Norway - Jul 19, 2010 22:01 EST

Researchers report how a unique fish species has adapted to a hostile environment poisonous to most other organisms. The findings are published in Science. The unique fish is called the Benguela-goby, or bearded goby, and is found only on the anoxic...
 
Researcher: Sea Lamprey Research Sheds Light On How Stress Hormones Evolved
East Lansing, Michigan - Jul 19, 2010 21:20 EST

Michigan State University researchers are the first to identify a stress hormone in the sea lamprey, using the 500 million-year-old species as a model to understand the evolution of the endocrine system. Corticosteroid hormones control stress response in animals with backbones,...
 
Research Aims To Repel Sharks From Fishing Gear To Prevent Deaths
Perth, Australia - Jul 19, 2010 20:43 EST

A greater understanding of shark senses may prevent sharks being accidentally killed in commercial fishing operations, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia. WA Premier's Research Fellow Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin said large numbers of sharks are taken...
 
University Project Points To A New Way Of 'Finding' Nemo: Breed Them
Townsville, Queensland - Jul 18, 2010 21:03 EST

A world-leading project at James Cook University is breeding popular marine ornamental fish such as the Coral Sea Lyretail Blenny, the Banggai Cardinalfish and various Clownfish. Dr Chaoshu Zeng, who leads JCU's Tropical Aquaculture Research Group in the School of...
 
Study Overturns Old Theory Of Phytoplankton Growth, Raise Concerns For Ocean Productivity; 'The Old Theory Made Common Sense'
Corvallis, Oregon - Jul 16, 2010 17:39 EST

A new study concludes that an old, fundamental and widely accepted theory of how and why phytoplankton bloom in the oceans is incorrect. The findings challenge more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about the growth of phytoplankton, which are the...
 
Prehistoric Creatures Provide Clue To Deep Sea Life On Aussie Reef; 'Living Fossils'
St. Lucia, Queensland - Jul 15, 2010 17:58 EST

Scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute have used high-tech equipment to capture underwater creatures at depths not documented from before. Using deep-sea cameras and instrument platforms new to Australia, prehistoric six-gilled sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many...
 
Report: Size Us Sea Turtle Populations Cannot Be Determined With Current Data; 'We Know Little About Key Characteristics'
Washington, D.C. - Jul 15, 2010 17:07 EST

The population sizes of six species of sea turtles listed as either endangered or threatened in the United States cannot be accurately determined based on currently available information, says a new report from the National Research Council. The report adds...
 
Florida Keys' Coral Reefs Set For Some Sexual Healing; Diver Encouraged To Experience 'Broadcast Spawning'
Key West, Florida - Jul 15, 2010 17:02 EST

Sparked by the August and September full moons, a rare and wondrous underwater exchange of reproductive cells heralds the continued survival of coral reefs and creates a fascinating experience for divers. According to researchers, corals use multiple reproductive strategies. Nearly all...
 
Study: Global Warming Slows Coral Growth In Red Sea; 'Could Cease Growing Altogether By 2070'
Woods Hole, Massachusetts - Jul 15, 2010 16:55 EST

In a pioneering use of computed tomography (CT) scans, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have discovered that carbon dioxide (CO2)-induced global warming is in the process of killing off a major coral species in the Red Sea. As...
 
Encrusted Conglomeration Yields Artifacts Of Wealth And War: Pieces Of Eight And 'Gunner's Dice'
Key West, Florida - Jul 14, 2010 22:15 EST

The five pound encrusted conglomeration of Santa Margarita shipwreck artifacts discovered in the Florida Straits in May by W. Keith Webb's Blue Water Ventures, though still in conservation, has thus far yielded two prime examples of 17th century Spanish presence...
 
Study: Sea Levels Rising In Parts Of Indian Ocean; 'Human-Caused Changes Of Atmospheric And Oceanic Circulation'
Boulder, Colorado - Jul 13, 2010 22:29 EST

Newly detected rising sea levels in parts of the Indian Ocean, including the coastlines of the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, Sri Lanka, Sumatra and Java, appear to be at least partly a result of human-induced increases of atmospheric...
 
Lionfish Invade Miami's Inshore Waters; 'Divers Should Use Extra Caution'
Key Biscayne, Florida - Jul 12, 2010 22:16 EST

Lionfish may soon be a common feature in the shallow waters off Miami. A juvenile of these invasive exotic species was captured just off Key Biscayne's beach on Saturday, one of five sighted in the area within the past...
 
Surprisingly Regular Patterns In Hurricane Energy Discovered; Intenisty Forecast 'Could Never Be Feasible'
Barcelona, Spain - Jul 12, 2010 18:33 EST

Researchers at Mathematics Research Centre and Universitat Auṭnoma de Barcelona have discovered the mathematical relation between the number of hurricanes produced in certain parts of the planet and the energy they release. The distribution is valid for all series of...
 
Research: Antidepressants In Water Cause Shrimps To 'Swim Towards The Light'
Portsmouth, U.K. - Jul 7, 2010 22:59 EST

Rising levels of antidepressants in coastal waters could change sea-life behavior and potentially damage the food-chain, according to a new study. Research into the behavior of shrimps exposed to the antidepressant fluoxetine, showed that their behavior is dramatically affected. The...
 
Scientists: Lone Whales Shout To Overcome Noise; 'There Is A Physical Limit'
University Park, Pennslyvania - Jul 6, 2010 22:34 EST

Just like people in a bar or other noisy location, North American right whales increase the volume of their calls as environmental noise increases; and just like humans, at a certain point, it may become too costly to continue to...
 
Isolation A Threat To Great Barrier Reef Fish; Relatively Fewer 'Immigrant' Fish From Adjacent Reefs
Adelaide, Australia - Jul 6, 2010 19:40 EST

At first glance it may seem like a good idea to be a fish living the quiet life on a small and isolated reef. But a team of researchers has found that the opposite is the case on Australia's Great Barrier...
 
Marine Scientists Return With Rare Creatures From The Deep; May Revolutionize Thinking About Atlantic Ocean Deep-Sea Life
Aberdeen, Scotland - Jul 6, 2010 19:35 EST

Scientists have just returned from a voyage with samples of rare animals and more than 10 possible new species in a trip which they say has revolutionized their thinking about deep-sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. One group of creatures they...
 
NOAA Models: 60-80% Chance For Tarballs To Hit The Florida Keys And Miami
Washington, D.C. - Jul 3, 2010 18:05 EST

NOAA has used modeling of historical wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood that surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill will impact additional U.S. coastline. This modeling, part of NOAA's comprehensive response to the unprecedented Gulf oil...
 


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